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Old 10-31-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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Or for example, Blvd St Michel in Paris was safe and cool and all studenty in the 1970s. I have vaguely heard that, although it is still of course a student area, now it is remarkable mostly for Middle Eastern street food & knicknacks, and there has been a major increase in violent crime in the area, and one shouldn't really go there. Truth or lies?

From an old Parisian : unfortunately quite true (particularly at night), but it is only one side of the story :
* there are a lot of beggars (some agressive) in the Latin Quarter now
* there are lots of works , I don't know what they are doing, but there are perpetual construction site, particularly near Cluny ruins AND at the crossroads of rue des Ecoles.
* last and not least, there is rubbish strewn a bit everywhere. The good part is that dog crap has all but disappeared (because for the Muslims dogs are "impure "...)
Thank you for the update. I know exactly the place you are talking about (the crossroads in the Quartier), and remember it vividly from about 40 years ago. It totally breaks my heart that some places have changed so much for the worse, and a certain way of life in Europe seems to be totally gone. Okay, I guess I'll just keep to the right side of the river when I go to Paris
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:06 PM
 
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We went to Brussels after the bombing and even felt safe there. As long as you arenít a clueless tourist youíll be fine. If you are then go with a group. You canít predict terrorist activity but you can be as safe as reasonably possible.
Good to hear that you felt safe in Bruxelles (I have never been there, and definitely want to visit). I don't think I look as a clueless tourist, since it has happened several times that people asked me for directions in various cities in the first hour after I arrived from the airport and had no clue where I was myself :-). Speaking of tourist cluelessness, though, a concern is that I do not speak languages too well. I do speak some French and Italian, can say or understand a few basic survival phrases in German and Spanish, and basically nothing in other European languages.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:17 PM
 
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The paranoia and "the sky is falling" comments from people who are speaking from second-hand experience are, frankly, ridiculous.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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If somebody wanted to go to Boston MA and asked me what areas to visit vs. avoid, I would say that it is safe (a) in the Back Bay 24 hours a day (except in the city parks at night), (b) Beacon Hill, North End, South End down to Columbus Av, and Fenway during the day (don't wander alone though in the deserted areas in the Fens ever) (c) Charles St on Beacon Hill, and the area around Harvard Square in Cambridge, are generally safe day & night. Avoid pretty much everything else, and particularly avoid South End south of Columbus Av, do not set your foot in Dorchester, and no overwhelming reason to go to Mission Hill/Jamaica. Music clubs and restaurants on Lansdowne St and in Allston are okay, but get a cab from there to the hotel at night, don't walk. Now I have just said that the Back Bay is the safest area in Boston, and you are okay there any time of day and night - but if you were there for the 2013 Boston Marathon, you could have gotten killed by a terrorist bomb - so yes, a very dangerous thing can happen in the Back Bay once in 200 years, but it is safe at all other times. That is the type of info I am looking for regarding the cities I want to visit.
See, I'd call that overcautious to the point of being paranoid.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:53 PM
 
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I do think the OP can rely on the evident fewer high profile European terrorist incidents of 2017 compared to 2016, though, if that holds true. If that's her concern. My guess is it'll take ISIS inspired recruitment a while to make up for losing it's power this year.
I hereby retract this statement.

Pray for New York.
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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I have only one tip: Carry Mace or bear spray and keep it handy.

A friend of ours lives in Germany. Until the refugees came en-mass, she lived in a quiet, peaceful town. Now she is afraid to even step out her door, and doesn't go out without a can of Mace in the top of her purse.
My tip would be to not follow the advice of paranoid people.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:52 PM
 
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I hereby retract this statement.

Pray for New York.
My question was about avoiding areas infested with violent crime, not about avoiding terrorism, since one cannot avoid terrorists - their whole point is to strike where nobody expects it... although this today in New York is almost starting to fall into a pattern of similar jerks trying to commit similar makeshift death and destruction in the similar area near the WTC (there was another one, also from New Jersey, that planted bombs in the same area about a year ago).
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:13 PM
 
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See, I'd call that overcautious to the point of being paranoid.
I don’t think what elnrgby posted exhibts paranoia, though it might be outdated — things have improved in some of the areas mentioned. The South End has definitely improved over the years even as far Washington St., though I’d still recommend avoiding the area south of Massachusetts Ave. and east of the Orange Line. And some parts of Dorchester are actually pretty good these days such as Savin Hill and Lower Mills, though there’s no reason for a tourist to go there. Much of Cambridge is fine nowadays, though areas north of Inman Square, directly north of Central Square, and near the Alewife Stop on Rindge can be dicey, especially at night. The well populated business parts of Jamaica Plain (along the Bus 39 corridor) are fine especially during the day, though some parts of the neighborhood such as Jackson Square are definitely not good. Roxbury and Mattapan are still mostly unsafe and East Boston is very dicey, though tourists have no reason to go there.

I agree to avoid the city parks at night, especially late. The Fens can be okay during the day if a bit scruffy, but there are isolated parts of it that merit caution and the whole area is dicey at night. Mission Hill has improved marginally but isn’t especially good either, though again there’s no reason for a tourist to go there. Landsdowne St. is fine during the day and often fine at night, at least until the bars close; there are usually people about, especially when there’s a Red Sox game. The waterfront part of South Boston is fine.

There are other parts of Boston of little interest for tourists that are generally okay (non-waterfront South Boston, West Roxbury) or at worst kind of student scruffy (Allston, Brighton).
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:08 PM
 
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While I am extremely well-travelled, most of my European travel has happened long, long time ago (I have been living in the US for several decades). In my retirement, I want to revisit certain places in Europe, and also see a few new ones that I have not seen before. In connection with that, I would greatly appreciate some up to date comments. Could well-informed people (either local residents or well informed travelers) please post their comments regarding parts of the following cities that are safe vs unsafe for a senior American woman traveling solo (crime, animosity against foreigners, etc) - which parts of each city to definitely visit, which to avoid. Also, if you think something on my list is boring/not worth visiting, please say why.

London
If I have a choice of one medieval English cathedral city, which one? York? Canterbury? Winchester? Other?

Amsterdam
Bruxelles
Bruges

Paris
Rouen
Reims
Metz
Strasbourg
Nice-Monaco
Avignon
Annecy
Chamonix-Courmayeur
Poitiers
villages in Dordogne (which ones are the most interesting, while also being accessible by train?)
Toulouse-Albi
Carcasonne

Toledo
Cordoba
Granada
Sevilla
Palma (Majorca)
Ibiza
Tenerife
Lanzarote

Hamburg
Lubeck
Bremen
Aachen
Munich
Berlin
Smaller medieval German towns: Regensburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Erfurt, Quedlinburg, Goslar
Freiburg
Heidelberg

Bergen
Oslo
Stockholm
Copenhagen

Rome
Siena, Florence
Padua, Venice

Vienna
Budapest
Prague

Zurich, St Galen, Chur
Zermatt, Grindelwald
Berne, Basel, Geneva
The only one of those cities that I'd say is straight out unsafe is Brussels.
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:26 PM
 
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The only one of those cities that I'd say is straight out unsafe is Brussels.
Why exactly?
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